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Huge shipment of fake jewellery seized in Alicante 

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Police in Spain have seized more than 20,000 pieces of fake jewellery including diamond Cartier bracelets after smashing a multi-million euro scam.

The items were unco-vered in 31 boxes which had arrived at Alicante airport from China and were desti-ned for Algeria.

Police said all the jewe-llery had top name brands but were fake.

“The damaged cause to the real companies could run into millions,” said a police spokesman. “Just one of the items, a false Cartier diamond bracelet, would have been sold for around 9,800 euros and another for 4,000.”

The operation was mounted by the Civil Guard and Tax Agency, with officers spotting the suspicious packages as they went through customs.

There were 31 packages which on the top layer, contained legitimate jewe-llery and luxury items. Hidden underneath, how-ever, were the counterfeits.

A Spanish company, based in La Coruña, was acting as the intermediary between the Chinese sender and the Algerian receiver.

A businessman in Algeria believed to be the ringleader is facing arrest and the operation remains open.